My Shepherd internship in Boston with Tenacity, Inc. was my favorite part of my entire college career. I was able to work in an administrative-type position for the first part of the summer and on-site with students during the second part. That experience sparked my interest in education. Also, Dr. Beckley and Fran Elrod have been the most invaluable people to me at W&L, so I enjoyed being able to talk to them. I think of poverty in an entirely different way now-with more compassion and understanding than before. I'm also proud to share what I've learned with my family because they know how much the experience has meant to me.
I can't imagine my time at W&L had I not participated in the Shepherd Program. For me, it was the most meaningful part of my college experience as there were so many ways to participate. I also feel that it connected me to the Lexington community. I think the Shepherd experience is going to influence everything I do professionally. For now, all of my future plans revolve around the experiences I have had at W&L through the program. It is the most interesting, unique type of program I have ever heard of. It brings so many people together from different majors and really raises awareness as well as opportunities to bring about change.
• Shepherd Alliance
• Campus Kitchens Program
• Nabors Service League
• Lexington Office on Youth
• Rockbridge Regional Library Youth Literacy Program
Post-Graduation Plans: Program Coordinator at Genesys Works in Houston, TX, through the Elrod Fellowship Program
Capstone Paper Title: Investing in Our Future: The Argument for Early Childhood Intervention